Frequently Asked Questions
Why not ???
What gave you the idea to start something like this ???
Bunker Roy’s TED talk about The Barefoot College
And other people keep the idea rolling
PBS Documentary named Fixing The Future
What is More Than Beans ???
Well.. That is a hard question to answer.
lets start whith what it is not ! It is not a for profit business. We are not trying to make a bunch of money, seriously !
It is not a place that has a bunch of bosses. Everyone will be equal. One person one vote. Each person is just as important as any other.
It is not a job. It is a place to create your own work. Then go do it, with the help of the other members if you need it.
So what is this place you call more than beans ???
I guess the simplest answer is that it is a place for people to come together to do good things for each other, and the community.
It is a place to bring your ideas and talents. Organize with other people. And then make something happen.
It is a place you can bring your band to practice, or to put on a show. Its a place you can start a yoga, or meditation class. A place to start a painting class, or just hang out and paint. Put together a group that does rooftop gardens for people. The options are nearly limitless.
I guess the shortest answer is More Than Beans is what you can make of it.
Come join us.
Where is More Than Beans Located ?
Well,,,we are not located anywhere yet.
That is why we are having the initial benefit concerts, and getting people together on the website, and facebook, etc..
We do not want one person funding the entire place. For he who pays the piper picks the tune. and we do not want that.
We want everyone to be able to invest in More Than Beans if they want to.
You can invest with your labour, or cash, and both will be equal.
At this point we wish to limit any cash donations to $2000 per year, per person.
We want a true worker owned, worker managed, worker directed coop !!!
How can I join ? or become a member ?
There are no real requirements.
You are a member if you say you are a member.
You can hit the More Than Beans forums and introduce yourself in the “introductions” thread if you wish. Thant way other members can get to know you.
If you want to know the latest news you can like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, or just check out the daily grind.
Or come on out to one of our meetups and join in the fun.
Why would anyone want to start a coop where people come in and tell you what they want to do ??? That does not make any sense to me !!!
Well, the short answer is human motivation, or doing what makes you happy.
Most employers, and nearly everyone that wants to sell you something, will tell you that money is the great motivator of human behavior.
But it is not. Don’t get me wrong, money does motivate people to a certain degree. But being able to pursue you passions in life brings far more enjoyment than working for a paycheck.
Working at the things you love, and getting paid to do it, is the true human motivator.
Sounds rather obvious when it’s said like that.
And that is why we want you, to tell us, what you want to do.
We want to be a connecting place for people who want to do good things for the local community, and the world.
We want people to bring their ideas and passions, and share them with others.
Then go make those ideas work.
But don’t just take our word for it.
Here is a link to a great TED talk by Dan Pink about The Surprising Science Of Motivation.
Dan Pink’s TED talk about the science of motivation